Focused Ultrasound Therapy
Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with tooth disease that requires a root canal. This novel technology focuses beams of ultrasonic energy to form a cavitation bubble in the cleaning fluid, and the resultant negative pressure greatly impacts the cleaning of the nerve root, which can positively impact the success rate and the patient’s comfort.
Conventional techniques effectively clean 29% of the nerve root, and passive ultrasound techniques may achieve 80%. The focused ultrasound cavitation bubble techniques achieved a cleanliness level reported at greater than 97%.
- Improved cleaning of the nerve root
- Preserved dentin maintenance compared to mechanical techniques
- Easily accommodates the variable structure of the nerve root
At the present time, there are no clinical trials recruiting patients. However, a 12-month study was completed recently.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
This treatment is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies.
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